The 8th National Men’s Shed Gathering will be held at the Morphettville Racecourse Adelaide, SA and is expected to attract over 300 delegates. It aims to promote the Community of Men’s Sheds throughout Australia and the contribution Men’s Sheds make to their own communities.

Delegates will come from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, including ‘shedders’, shed coordinators, health and aged care providers, educators and policy makers.

The 2019 Gathering, themed Our Community, will include traditional content such as information on Men’s Shed operations, however, there will be a strong focus on acknowledging and celebrating the community of Men’s Sheds and the impact they have on community capacity building.

Men’s Sheds are not isolated, stand alone community facilities but rather an activity that is well enmeshed into their community network.

The Gathering will encourage delegates to share, talk and discover the best ways to keep the Shed movement momentum continuing forward. Streams will be presented by experienced shedders, professional service providers and the highly skilled AMSA team.

Visit the conference website for more information and or to register for the Gathering:

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The Centre congratulates A/Professor John Litt AM on being appointed as Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his significant service to preventive medicine as an influenza specialist.

We have been privileged to have John as a member of the Centre’s Scientific Advisory Committee since its inception in 2007.  He is recognised for his expertise in men’s health, being invited to contribute to the development of the first South Australian men’s health policy and the first national policy, RACGP curriculum development, and local, national and international men’s health workshops.

John retired in 2016 after dedicating 30 years at Flinders University as Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of General Practice, School of Medicine and 35 years as a clinician, most recently as Senior Visiting General Practitioner and GP consultant (Emergency Department) at Noarlunga Hospital, Noarlunga Health Services. He remains affiliated with Flinders University.

John is a medical graduate of the University of Adelaide, a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, and has a Diploma from Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, a Master of Science (Epidemiology), and Doctor of Philosophy. His major clinical and research interests are centred around prevention and its implementation, lifestyle counselling (especially smoking cessation), immunisation (especially in older adults) and screening. John has published extensively on chronic disease prevention and self-management, immunisation, lifestyle change implementation, personal violence, multi-morbidity and men’s health.  John led the development of the Putting Prevention into Practice Handbook (‘The Greenbook Ed 1 and 2), an evidence-based handbook for GPs which outlines the evidence for various strategies to more effectively implement prevention in the practice setting, adopted nationally by the RACGP. John is nationally and internationally recognised for his contributions to chronic disease management and prevention. He headed a national consortium to look at the training needs and skills required by the primary health care workforce to more effectively promote chronic condition self-management that led to the Australian Better Health Initiative. John and colleagues set up the first Influenza Advisory Group in Australia to promote influenza vaccination in high risk groups, which has raised the level of influenza vaccine coverage in Australia from 29% to greater than 80%. He is also one of the founding directors of the Influenza Specialist Group, a not- for profit organization to promote influenza vaccination in at risk groups. In relation to advocating lifestyle changes, John was a member of the Lifescripts consortium which was funded to develop and then revise best practice in managing lifestyle-related behaviours. A copy of the resources was delivered to every general practice in Australia. John was the contributing editor to the RACGP Abuse and violence monograph. He also introduced the chapter on bullying which has been expanded in recent editions to addressing bullying in social media and on the internet.

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Movember continues to support advances in the care of men with prostate cancer through the award of a research grant to Centre members Dr Michael O’Callaghan from the South Australian Prostate Cancer Clinical Outcomes Collaborative (SA-PCCOC, Prostate Cancer Registry), Dr Andrew Vincent and the Investigator team.

The research will involve using data collected by the South Australian, Victorian and New Zealand prostate cancer registries to better predict the likelihood of urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction in men 12 months after radical prostatectomy.  This information will then be formulated into a tool that can be used by doctors and men considering treatment options, to inform their decision.

The grant is awarded under Movembers Clinical Quality Improvement Program.


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On June 13, during Men’s Health Week, the Centre hosted the Australian Men’s Health Forum’s SA Men’s Health Awards at which the SA Men’s Health Report card was released and community organisations across South Australia working to advance the health and well-being of men and boys were acknowledged and celebrated.  A number of these organisations […]

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Commenting on a review article published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) on erectile dysfunction, FFCMH Director, Professor Gary Wittert told the MJA that “there are two questions that a GP should never miss asking every man who comes for a consult – one is about erectile dysfunction and the other is about lower […]

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In 2010 Professors Wayne Tilley and Lisa Buter (pictured left) and Dr Maggie Centenera from the Dame Roma Mitchell Cancer Research Laboratories of the FFCMH joined an international team from Thomas Jefferson University, the University of Michigan and University of Texas South Western Medical Centre (USA) for a research program which ultimately described for the first time how a gene (unit of […]

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The Centre congratulates Ms Simon Tyler on being awarded a Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health Masters Scholarship to support his studies in organisational psychology at the University of Adelaide. Simon completed his honours in psychology with the Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health. His project examined the effect of lower urinary tract symptoms on the […]

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The Centre congratulates Ms Julia Scott on being awarded a Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health PhD Scholarship top-up award. The  top-up supplements Josephine’s George Fraser Scholarship. Julia has a Bachelor of Science (Advanced), majoring in Biochemistry and Chemistry from the University of Adelaide. Julia also has a Bachelor of Medical Science Honours from Flinders University. […]

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The Centre congratulates Ms Josephine Hinneh on being awarded a Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health PhD Scholarship top-up award. The  top-up supplements Josephine’s University of Adelaide Beacon of Enlightenment Scholarship. Jospehine has a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Ghana, in Ghana, as well as a Masters of Science in Immunology from Mie University, in […]

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The Centre congratulates Ms Deanna Miller on being awarded a Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health Masters Scholarship top-up award.  The top-up supplements Deanna’s University of Adelaide Scholarship. Deanna has a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) from the University of Adelaide.  For her Masters program Deanna’s project is “Targeting lipid metabolism in prostate cancer”. She is based […]

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